Is your household air conditioning system on the blink? If so, you’ve likely wondered whether you can get buy with a few simple repairs or if you’ll need a complete air conditioner replacement. Below, the experts at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explain X telltale signs that your air conditioner requires an overhaul.

The Unit Is Past Its Prime

How old is your air conditioner? Unit age is typically the number one determinant of whether repairs or replacement will be the most cost-effective course of action. The average air conditioning system has a lifespan of approximately 10-15 years, so if yours is approaching the end of its life, it’s time to start thinking about replacement.


Over time, all A/C units decrease in efficiency, meaning they slowly lose their capacity to cool a home properly. Not only does an aging air conditioner cost you more in monthly utility bills, but there’s also a good chance it no longer meets the minimum SEER rating recommended for household energy efficiency.

You Pay for Repairs Frequently

Has your unit already undergone repairs? How frequently are you scheduling service appointments? If your unit frequently requires professional attention, that’s a glaring sign it should be replaced. However, if your system is rather new and it seems to lag, the issue may stem from a lack of proper maintenance. If you’re not routinely cleaning the unit or scheduling professional maintenance appointments, now is the time to start. Following the manufacturer’s specified maintenance schedule will go a long way toward extending the life of your system.

Air Conditioner Repair Is Not a Cost-Effective Option

For most homeowners with infrequent air conditioner problems, repairs are less expensive than replacement. But if you’ve already paid for multiple repairs and the system continues to have issues, do you really want to keep shelling out to fix the unit, only to have it break down again?

Here’s how to determine the cost-effective of a/c unit repairs:

●        Get a service quote from an air conditioning repair specialist to determine the cost of repairing the unit.

●        Multiply the cost of the repairs by the age of the air conditioner in years.

●        If the sum exceeds $5,000, air conditioner replacement will be less impactful to your wallet in the long run.

Keep in mind that you should also add any previous repair expenses to the calculation above. If you’ve already spent hundreds (or even thousands) repairing a finicky unit, it generally makes more sense to get rid of your current system.

Need Air Conditioner Replacement? Contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating

If you’re A/C unit is acting up, don’t hesitate to schedule an inspection with our team at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. We specialize in A/C replacement, repairs, and HVAC system maintenance, along with a wide variety of other home maintenance services. For over 85 years, we’ve proudly served residents throughout Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Marshfield, and Wausau, and our 24/7 team is ready to serve you, too. To schedule an appointment or request an estimate, give our team a call today at 715-421-1800 or send us a message via our contact page, and we’ll be in touch promptly.